Canadiens vs. Boston
TD Center – Feb 12, 2017 – 7.30pm
….Brendan Gallagher has been cleared to play and will be in the Canadiens lineup for the first time since he broke his hand January 4th.
….….To make room on the active roster, LW Daniel Carr was returned to the St. John’s IceCaps.
….The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate but it can be assumed that Gallagher will replace Paul Byron on right wing with Alex Galchenyuk and Artturi Lehkonen. Byron could be dropped to the fourth line to replace Carr with McCarron and Mitchell.
Season Records – Canadiens – 57GP (31-18-8) 70pts. First in Atlantic Division. Boston – 57GP (28-23-6) 62pts. 3rd in Atlantic Division.
Season Series – Fourth of four meetings – Canadiens 2-0-1. Oct. 22 @ Boston Canadiens-4 Bruins-2. Gallagher, Mitchell, Danault & Byron (SHG) Moore & Spooner for Boston. Price stopped 19 of 21. Khudobin for Boston. Nov. 8 @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Boston-2 – Byron scored game winner with 1.02 remaining. Price stops 41 of 43 shots. Zane McIntyre in goal for Boston. @ Bell Centre Dec. 12 Boston-2 Canadiens 1 (overtime). Spooner GWG at 3:20 of overtime. Also Czarnik. Byron for Canadiens. Tuukka Rask vs. Price.
Last Time Out – Canadiens lost 4-2 St. Louis Saturday Bruins edge Vancouver 4-3 Saturday
Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-5-2) Boston (5-4-1)
Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (13-11-4) Boston at home (14-13-0)
….In the last 19 meetings dating back March 3rd 2013 the Canadiens are 15-3-1 vs. Boston.
….The last time the Canadiens lost to the Bruins in Boston was Jan. 12, 2012, the night the Canadiens traded Mike Cammilleri to Calgary mid-game. Since then the Canadiens have won nine straight in Boston; eight at TD Garden and one at Gillette Stadium. (Boston is 0-7-2)
….After a long stretch of Canadiens dominance, the Bruins are 3-3-0 in the last six meetings.
….Both the Canadiens and Bruins start their five day schedule break after this game.
….Against Atlantic Division opponents the Canadiens are 11-2-5 including 2-0-1 vs. Boston. The Bruins are 14-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.
….A regulation win for the Bruins would bring them to within 6 points of the Canadiens with 24 games remaining in the season for each team. They won’t face each other again during this regular season.
….With the return of Brendand Gallagher, this is the season’s first game the Canadiens do not have a player on their injury/illness list. The season began with Zach Redmond out with a broken foot and Carey Price with the flu. Totaled to date 18 players missed 176 man-games.
….This is the tenth time this season the Canadiens will have played three games in four nights and the second time in nine days leading up to their mandatory midseason four day vacation. The Canadiens have lost 6 of the 9 third-games (3-4-2) and 5 of the last 6 (1-4-1).
….It’s the second half of the 12th of 15 sets of back to back games this season. Overall the Canadiens are 11-9-3 and 6-3-2 so far in the second game – 1-0-2 the last three.
….This is the Canadiens eighth game in 13 days. So far they are 2-4-1 in the stretch.
….In their five February losses the Canadiens have scored a total of five goals.
….Brendan Gallagher has 18 points in 19 career games vs. Boston. He has missed 18 games with his broken hand suffered on January 4th.
….Over the last eleven games the Canadiens have scored 24 goals. Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty have accounted for 12 of them. Their centre Phillip Danault has one. Five have come from defensemen including 3 from Shea Weber. The remaining nine forwards have accounted for 6 goals over the eleven games. Take away two from Alex Galchenyuk and eight remaining forwards have 4 goals between them.
….Still living off their early season success, the Canadiens rank 8th in the league at 2.9 goals average per game while holding opponents to 2.5 per game.
….Max Pacioretty has six points (3g,3a) his last two game and 11 points (7g, 4a) and is plus-5 over his last 7 games.
….With his goal Saturday night Shea Weber passed Hall-of-Famer Mark Howe for 25th on the all time list of goals by defensemen.
….Since Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Tuesday, the Bruins are 2-0-0 with wins over San Jose (6-3) and Vancouver (4-3). They are 5-2-0 over their last 7 games and 4-1-0 in their last five at home.
….There have been three coaching changes since the new year. There have been at least short term benefits. The St. Louis Blues are 5-1-0 under Mike Yeo. The Islanders Doug Weight is 6-2-2. On the other hand Florida under Tom Rowe is 13-10-9.
….This wraps up the 10th of 14 back-to-back games for the Bruins – They are 1-6-2 in the second half of those games.
….Over the last two seasons the Bruins have played just .500 hockey at home. Last season 17-18-6 at TD Garden. This season 14-13-0.
….The Bruins are 17th in league at 2.6 average goals per game. They are 12th in goals against at 2.7 per game. They lead the NHL with an average 34.5 shots per game.
….Through the first 36 games of the season the Bruins scored an average of 2.36 goals per game. In their last 21 games they have scored 68 goals – 3.24 per game.
….Boston’s faceoff percentage is 3rd in the league and first in the Eastern Conference. As usual Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins with 59%.
….Over the last 20 games Bergeron has 8 goals and 23 points. In his first 34 games he had 5 goals and 10 points.
….David Pastrnak has five goals and four assists over the last four games. He is second on the team with 47 points.
….Brad Marchand has 13 points in his last eight games.
….Marchand has 3 shorthanded goals this season. He ranks third all-time on the Bruins behind Rick Middleton with 25 and Derek Sanderson-24.
….Carey Price has a 24-13-2 record in 42 appearances this season with a .918save% and 2.43GAA.
….Career versus the Bruins Price is 24-8-4 with a 2.33GAA and .924 save%.
….Among goaltenders with 20 or more appearances this season, Price ranks 13th in goals against and 12th in save percentage.
….Price is looking to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since December 17th & 20th. In his 13 appearances since he has a 4-8-1 record with a 3.23GAA and .894 save%.
….Part of Price‘s problems might be related to the Canadiens terrible penalty killing record. At even strength Price’s save percentage is third in the league at .935. He ranks 32nd in PK save% at .853.
….Since the Christmas break Price is 6-8-3 overall with a 3.15 GAA and .897 save%. On the road since Christmas he has a 3.25GAA and .886save%.
….Tuukka Rask is 26-13-4 this season with a 2.32GAA and a .910 save%.
….Against the Canadiens Rask has a career record of 6-15-3 with a 2.61GAA and .912save%.
….Rask has appeared in 24 games vs. the Canadiens with a record of 6-15-3. Two of his wins came against Mike Condon last season.
….Power Play Canadiens ranked 5th (37/166) 22.3% Boston ranked 14th (35/175) 20%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 23rd (41/196) 79.1% Boston ranked 2nd (25/181) 86.2%
….On the road Canadiens penalty killing is the third worst in the league – 26 goals against on 96 shorthanded situations – a kill ratio of 72.9%.
….The Bruins have scored power play goals in each of their last seven games – (10/23) 43.4% . Their power play has produced 19 goals the last 55 opportunities – 34.5%.
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Arturri Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 41-Paul Byron
42-Sven Andrighetto 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw
32-Daniel Carr 34-Mike McCarron17-Torrey Mitchell
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
26-Jeff Petry 79-Andrei Markov
28-Nathan Beaulieu 8-Greg Pateryn
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand);
Scratches – C David Desharnais; RW Brian Flynn;
Boston Forward Lines & Pairings
63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 42-David Backes
83-Peter Cehlarik 46-David Krejci 88-David Pastrnak
72-Frank Vatrano 51-Ryan Spooner 11-Jimmy Hayes
59-Tim Schaller 28-Dominic Moore 20-Riley Nash
33-Zdeno Chara 25-Brandon Carlo
47-Torey Krug 54-Adam McQuaid
86-Kevan Miller 6-Colin Miller
Injuries – C Austin Czarnik (IR lower body)
Scratches – D John Michael Liles; D Joe Morrow; LW Matt Beleskey